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Jabra SP5050 Bluetooth Speakerphone Review

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I can’t think of too many things that make me happier than finding a truly great new product and the focus of my attentions and winner of my affections on this occasion is the superb new Jabra SP5050 (image below).

Jabra SP5050

The Jabra SP5050 has proven to be not only the most stunningly designed Bluetooth speakerphone (truly an object of beauty) that I have come across to date but also the one with the best performance and audio quality – a combination which makes the Jabra SP5050 the best value Bluetooth speakerphone available today. 

Jabra SP5050 - Profile

Housed in an ultralight (only 75 grams) and ultraslim body with a silver band outlining the front, a high quality matt black plastic case and black glossy acrylic cover where the various indicator lights are and a fine steel clip all contribute to make the Jabra SP5050 one of the most elegant devices in my Treo accessory kit.

Jabra SP5050 - SpeakerA very large front speaker and microphone captures your voice so well that most of my callers could hardly (or not at all) tell that I was on a speakerphone and one of them actually purchased a unit immediately following my test call.  The noise cancellation is surprisingly excellent with no outgoing audio distortion at all even with my window and sunroof open in the car and the stereo playing fairly loudly in the background.  I even tried the unit outdoors with a helicopter passing overhead and my caller wasn’t exposed to the noise at all – very impressive.

Jabra SP5050 - Volume ButtonTwo large buttons on either side (image left) provide easy access to the volume Up/Down.  At maximum volume the speaker is loud enough to easily hear people speaking under even the noisiest conditions.

Additionally, I also like the ease with which you turn the Jabra SP5050 On/Off by simply pressing the front face of the unit just where the Jabra logo is located.  This can also be used for advanced functions where for example a quick double-click will Redial your last number called.  Smartly the unit also automatically turns off 15 minutes after it has lost the connection to your Treo while providing an impressive 12 hours talk time and up to 200 hours standby time.

Jabra SP5050 Charger

Given how much I like the Jabra SP5050 my only disappointment is that you are limited to charging the unit with the included car charger (pictured above) and not via USB or a wall charger.  It’s not a big deal for people who are likely only going to use it in the car but just that little bit more difficult for those who would also like to use the Jabra SP5050 as an office Bluetooth speakerphone – something that it does very well.

Jabra SP5050 - Mounted

Overall I really love my new Jabra SP5050 and can’t stop raving about it.  It’s an impressive Bluetooth speakerphone (understatement) that I have absolutely no difficulty awarding my “Editor’s Choice” – it works flawlessly, is extremely simple to use and the fact that it also looks stunning just happens to be a very nice bonus.

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Posted by Andrew on December 13, 2007 at 05:56 PM

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1
by Phil750 | Dec 14, 2007 9:59:07 AM

Andrew,

Do you think this is better than the BlueAnt speakerphones?

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by Andrew | Dec 14, 2007 11:26:07 AM

Phil - although I really like the BlueAnt speakerphone this new Jabra SP5050 is much, much better both from a performance and design perspective.

I hope this helps.

Cheers, A.

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by Chih-Kai Hsu | Dec 14, 2007 1:14:35 PM

I really do not get why companies sell in-car BT speaker phone without providing other equipment for chraging via other sources, eg USB or wall charger.

People suppose to use it while they are driving and I personally found it is rather annoying to see a charger cable hanging in front of my view while I am driving.

However, I guess I will still purcahse it due to the physical size. It is so slim that I am able to hide it wihtou removing it everytime my car is out of sign.

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by John Carle | Dec 15, 2007 11:30:33 AM

Andrew;
I've been a fan of this site for a very long time, and take your reviews to be golden.

I spend a ridiculous amount of time on my phone in my car (real estate agent) and need to ensure that the people I am talking to get a very clear signal from me. In terms of clarity, how close is this device to the Alphi Jawbone?

I was going to buy a Jawbone today (just came available in Canada retailers... finally!) but now I'm not so sure.

I realize that they are different devices, one being a headset and the other a speaker phone; but I really only use my headset when I'm in the car.

Any input?

John

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by John60 | Dec 17, 2007 1:02:51 AM

I bought this item three days ago and so far I am happy with it. I can hear people with no problem and they can hear me fine as well.

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by BuBBles | Dec 19, 2007 12:39:11 AM

To the Editor:

How does this Jabra compare to the Mr Handsfree Blue Vision II?
I was about to purchase that model when I found your #1 pick and am open to switching.
Your input is GREATLY appreciated!

I'm on a Treo 650, w / Rogers.

7
by Jane | Dec 20, 2007 7:04:19 AM

Thanks for the review.
I use two phones -one for work, one private-. So my question: does it pair with two phones at the same time like the ugly bulky Parrot does?
Thanks!

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by jerzy | Dec 26, 2007 4:20:41 AM

Hi.

I got this Jabra and it want pair with Sony Ericson K750i. Any known problems?


George

9
by Elkscat | Dec 27, 2007 7:47:53 PM

While it is another item to buy and another $33, Radio Shack sells a handy AC to DC car charger adapter. You can get them elsewhere as well. This will handle any of those car-charger-only items.

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by Steve | Dec 28, 2007 9:28:25 AM

Will this work with the motorola Q phone?

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by Christopher | Jan 15, 2008 7:50:21 PM

Does this device hold a battery charge or do you have to keep it plugged into the cigarette lighter? I already use that outlet for other devices, including my iPod FM/charger and my GPS unit (must get around to hard-wiring it some day).

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by Andrew | Jan 16, 2008 8:20:22 AM

John - although people tell me that the sound of the SP5050 is "terrific" and noise cancellation very good I'm still not sure if it can be compared to the quality of the Jawbone. If you can afford it I would recommend getting both products but if you can only get one then I'd still settle on the Jawbone.

BuBBles - the Jabra SP5050 is the best speakerphone currently available in our store and MUCH better than the Mr. Handsfree option.

Jane - as far as I know it does not pair with two phones at the same time.

Steve - yes, the Jabra SP5050 will work perfectly well with the Motorola Q.

Christopher - yes the Jabra SP5050 holds a charge that will provide you up to 12 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time so you will not need to keep it plugged in all the time.

Cheers, A.

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by Paul | Jan 17, 2008 2:56:36 AM

How long does it take to charge?

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by Howard | Jan 22, 2008 11:06:42 AM

So far we've bought three SP5050's- one for my wife, one for me and one as a gift for my best fried Tom. I can't tell you how happy we all are with them. I found myself in a situation last week in which I had to set up a conference call and used the SP5050 as a speakerphone in a 20 x 30 ft room that did not have a land line. It worked great. As far as holding a charge is concerned, I had the phone in use for almost an hour. It recharged within five minutes. This is a terrific device!

15
by jknee | Jan 24, 2008 4:50:12 PM

Will this work with the Samsung Sync (SGH-A707)? Also is it a requirement that my phone has the Voice Dial feature in order for the Jabra SP5050 to work?

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by steve | Jan 26, 2008 11:51:31 AM

Costco has them on sale in March for $49. I plan to buy 2.

Thanks for having the reviews out here, I was skeptical about the product. I am a computer tech and spend a lot of time driving. I make as much money doing phone fixes while driving as I do at the actual customers sites. 1 phone fix buys it.

17
by B | Feb 24, 2008 8:48:33 PM

Is Jabra sp5050 compatible with Nokia 6133? I tried several times to pair it with my phone but won't work.

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by Jase | Feb 25, 2008 5:27:26 PM

COSTCO sells the Jabra w/ the wall adapter included! Great buy

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by JD | Feb 26, 2008 10:30:19 PM

If you are a Costco member, you likely got the latest coupon book. March 10-16, the SP5050 will be $20.00 off their online price of 69.00 ($49.00). Sounds like a good deal will get even better. I haven't figured out whether it will be an in-store or online purchase, but I don't have too much longer to wait.

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by Earle | Feb 27, 2008 2:00:57 PM

Will the Jabra SP505 work with a Treo 700w or a Treo 750?
Thanks,
Earle

21
by tom | Feb 28, 2008 1:17:06 PM

will the jabra sp5050 work with two different phones.
each person will be using same car but different phone

22
by angela | Feb 29, 2008 7:42:01 PM

Does this work with any phone with bluetooth capability. and does it work on 2 different phones.

23
by wsg | Mar 2, 2008 8:22:32 PM

Does this work better then the Motorola T-350?

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by Andrew | Mar 3, 2008 9:01:04 AM

wsg - yes, the Jabra SP5050 is MUCH better than the Motorola T-350 and well worth the additional $30 spend.

Cheers, A.

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by mat | Mar 6, 2008 6:51:57 PM

I purchased this and frankly the volume is too low with my treo 650. Any advice.

- Mat

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